Project Poster

In early May, Toronto hosted the third International Congress on Physical Activity and Public Health (ICPAPH). This congress welcomed 1,200 delegates from over 48 countries around the world. For more information on the congress, visit

Two members of the Minding Our Bodies team attended the ICPAPH and gave a poster presentation on physical activity promotion for people with mental illness. A copy of the poster presentation is available as an attachment below.

During the closing plenary session, the Toronto Charter for Physical Activity: A Global Call for Action was launched. The charter was developed during a two-year period of international consultation that saw more than 1,700 comments and suggestions provided by 400 individuals and organizations from 55 countries.

The charter is an international call for countries to help make physical activity a priority for all. It is meant to help with advocacy efforts to increase physical activity around the world, and offers a strong rationale and guidelines for implementing new and innovative physical-activity policies and programs.

The charter provides a framework for action and calls for partnerships across multiple sectors and with communities to build healthier, active, environmentally sustainable communities, in order to promote physical, mental, social, environmental and economic well-being. It calls on leaders to:

  1. Implement a national [physical activity] policy and action plan.
  2. Introduce policies that support physical activity.
  3. Reorient services and funding to put greater priority on physical activity.
  4. Develop partnerships for action.

To read the Toronto Charter for Physical Activity (and to show your support by endorsing it), visit the Global Advocacy for Physical Activity website at

Minding Our Bodies Poster Presentation 2010 (PDF)224.48 KB